Nguyen and I got married in the Unitarian Church. Although we had words of scripture read, we did not have a Christian wedding.
So, in preparation for my confirmation this month, we are going to have our wedding blessed by the Church. Which meant that we needed to get the details of Nguyen's baptism. (Mine was easy: Grace Church, Providence, Pentecost, 2006.)
Imagine, then, that we had to reconnect with a church in a small town in the mountains of Vietnam. And imagine our surprise and delight that in that beautiful cathedral, the evidence of my husband's baptism still exists, 50 years and one war later. His parents, along with their Christian names, his God parents, the name of the priest... .it is all there.
And although to some people this all might seem like an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy, to me it has been a sweet and wonderful adventure. A way to connect to my husband's past. His roots. And a way to get his family involved, too, as they were instrumental in making this all happen.
To me, having the words 'Father, Son and Holy Spirit' added to our wedding after nearly 25 years is a joy and a blessing. And I think it means we get a second honeymoon, right?